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June 2008

Etsy Faves, Objects

Domino Features Etsy Furniture Finds

June 10, 2008

My latest Etsy slide show just went live over at Domino, this time I’ve focused on furniture instead of prints since few think to look to Etsy for say, a new coffee table. I hope that you enjoy it!

Domino Features Etsy Furniture Finds
I am so pleased that the magazine supports independent design as much as they do, it is very encouraging to all who operate a small business out there. I remember pre-Domino, it was rare that you’d find indie design featured in a popular shelter magazine. It is easy to forget how America was before say, 2005 when the great indie boom really started to hit on a national level and now a few years later small time design sits with the big names in stores and magazines. This is a very huge accomplishment, something to be proud of. I heard that at the National Stationery Show this year, small companies sat in the same section as the large ones like American Greetings, no longer in their own section. The huge growth and popularity of small business in our country proves how a passionate group who desire change can make it happen if they are consistent and push through the initial rejection. It doesn’t just happen in the movies. These small business owners found a way to get themselves out there. This movement we’re seeing is nothing short of amazing, confirmation that if you can see it you can be it.

If you’ve missed past Etsy picks that I’ve gathered for Domino magazine online you can click here to catch up if you’d like.

(image from domino)


DIY Project: Succulent Terrarium

June 10, 2008

Lindsay Thompson created a gorgeous and inexpensive succulent terrarium this weekend and asked if she could share it with decor8 readers. Um… Let me think about it Lindsay… JA! This is so nice, I couldn’t refuse. She outlines all the details over on her blog, but here’s the quick and dirty version.

DIY Project: Succulent TerrariumStep No. 01 | Purchase Supplies: Glass container, rocks, horticultural charcoal, cactus soil, plants. Details about each on Lindsay’s blog.

DIY Project: Succulent TerrariumStep No. 02 | Create: Layer rocks and charcoal, add soil, plant your succulents. Details on how to create a succulent terrarium that doesn’t suc, here.

DIY Project: Succulent TerrariumDIY Project: Succulent TerrariumStep No. 03 | Add stuff, embellish. Ribbon, a garden marker, tiny plastic animals, whatever you want.

Step No. 04 | Label it if you plan to give it as a prezzie. Label shown above reads: How to care for your Succulent Terrarium. No. 01: Don’t over water. No. 02: These succas like it hot! (full sun). No. 03: Love on them & enjoy.

You know you wanna make one now, don’t you? I do! If anyone else has a good DIY that they’d like to submit to decor8, please contact me at decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com. Thank you Lindsay, this is great!

(images from lindsay thompson)

Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Small Business

Creative Plans for the Summer?

June 9, 2008

What will you do this summer to tap into your creativity? Please feel free to share, I think that together we can stimulate one another to action!

Creative Plans for the Summer?

I decided that if I’m going to bring this up as a topic here today, I better show you that I’m going in head first, too. I signed up for a summer painting class this morning so I’ll be dedicating time each week to exploring the arts while tapping into my artistic side. This is exactly what I needed to do for myself. I can always tell when my imagination isn’t running at its usual pace, I think we all can sense when we’re in need of making some adjustments and for me, I need to get dirty and play with paint because creating something, no matter how small, will make me feel energized. My schedule will change drastically in August, as I have a lot going on during the rest of the year, so I want to take advantage of June and July before they slip through my fingers.

Do you plan to take any summer classes or workshops? Attending any lectures? Have you resolved to spend a morning or afternoon each week to doing something creative? How about a few hours one night a week? How will you be more creative this summer?

(photograph: holly becker)

Arts + Crafts

Community Table at Martha Stewart Online

June 9, 2008

Just a little tip in case you haven’t stumbled upon this already… I recently jumped in on the crafty action over at Martha Stewart online for creative inspiration and because I was looking for a project once featured in Blueprint magazine. After clicking around for what felt like hours, I found the Blueprint project and I stumbled upon Community Table, a pretty cool feature because it allows you to upload your photo and create a profile, bookmark favorite Martha finds from recipes to crafty home projects, sign up for daily email updates like Craft of the Day (love!), even rate, print, share comments with other community members, and email projects and recipes to friends.

Community Table at Martha Stewart OnlineA shiny new project each day of the week.

You can register for Community Table here or if you’d like to see what a profile looks like, mine is available here. You can sign up for a reminder to be sent your way whenever there’s a new Craft of the Day, Cookie of the Day, or Organizing Tip of the Day on the site, they usually arrive in the morning M-F. So far, I really like the custom doormat and the magnetic flowers projects. Do you have some favorites that you’d like to share?

(image from martha stewart)

Reality TV

Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}

June 9, 2008

Welcome to the Design Star Dish with Becky Harris, the mouth from the south as I like to call her, a sometimes cheeky and always energetic blog friend of mine based down in Atlanta. Her witty words regularly entertain me over at Hatch where she blogs for Design Public. I’ve invited Becky to drop in weekly on Mondays to dish about HGTV’s Design Star season 3 with us, so without further ado… Here’s Becky!

Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}Alright Everyone! Design Star Season 3 premiered on HGTV last night and it’s time to dish! It had a dash of the American Idol early episode painful tryout theme this year, don’t you think? They seem to be targeting people with proven design backgrounds, and keeping the hosting potential in mind from the start – an improvement in my eyes, but the design requirement would have disqualified hairdresser Kim, last year’s winner. What do you think of these changes in terms of the variety and quality of contestants? Does it make the show too exclusive?

There will be no spoiler alerts in these intros, but there will be in the comments section, so if you haven’t seen it yet and you don’t want to know what happened, don’t click into the comments section until you have caught up on your viewing. I will say, my favorite comment of the night was something like “I’m a cop. I can come to your house, arrest you, and then decorate it.” We’ll be coming up with nicknames for all of the contestants, and if that guy makes it, I hereby deem him to be “Ponch” from now on. Feel free to discuss potential nicknames – they are much easier to remember than their real names, and only the winner’s name really matters in the end. Remembering the rest of the names is kind of a waste of brain space, you know, in the Einstein not knowing his own phone number kind of way.

Now dish away…can’t wait to hear from you! – Becky


Happy Weekend {and links!}

June 6, 2008

H is for Happy Weekend! It’s also one big stuffed letter that Yvonne from The Yvestown Blog makes and sells in her little web shop, I placed it here on my dresser so you can see it for yourself. I like the charming Cath Kidston fabrics that she uses. I’ll meet you back here on Monday but first, here are some events and links to enjoy. Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Happy Weekend {and links!}


Boston, MAKoo de Kir Sidewalk Sale, 6/8 10am-6pm, 65 Chestnut Street, Beacon Hill.

Brookline, MACoolidge Corner Arts Festival, 6/7 from 10-6 pm. Over 70 artists on the grounds of the Devotion School at 345 Harvard Street in Brookline.

Lincoln, MADecordova Museum’s Annual Art in the Park, Sunday 6/8 from 10-5 pm. $12 admission, free parking at reservoir place. 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA. Over 100 exhibitors of New England’s finest artist and artisans exhibit and sell their artwork.

Providence, RIThe Providence Open Market opens for the season on 6/7, noon – 6pm on Westminster Street between Eddy and Clemence.

Atlanta, GAIndie Craft Experience, 6/7 from 11 to 6pm, Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave West NW. Don’t miss visiting the booth of Jess Gonacha and Renee Garner who release a special print during this event. It will be online and available in their Etsy shops in the days ahead.

San Francisco, CA – Free craft workshop on Sunday, June 8th, 2-5pm @ The Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia St.

Los Angeles, CA – Huge Moderica warehouse sale, 6/7 from 9am-4pm at 1820 Industrial St. Biscuit Lofts, Downtown LA. (For those unable to attend, take 30% online, details here.)

Los Angeles, CADwell on Design is in full swing until 6/8. If you attend don’t miss the outdoor, press and editors lounge because it was designed by Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise LA.

More Bay area events here (thanks, Leah!).

Happy Weekend {and links!} Art by Amy Sol.

Links & News

Scraps started to arrive today in response to Can You Inspire Someone, yay! Jen Renninger and Kayte Terry sent some beautiful things. I can’t wait to see what will arrive next week. It’s so fun to look through the packages. I’d like to give Kayte a little plug while I have your attention, her new book about embellishing releases next month (pre-order here).

The decor8 Mood Board contest sponsored by Amy Butler Design is in full swing, please enter by midnight on June 23rd.

An interesting blog post I read, especially the comments, on the topic of creative
minds think alike and how you can often have an idea and then when you see someone else launch it, it’s natural to assume your idea was stolen. Is this always the case?

Inspired by… The art of Amy Sole.

Happy Weekend {and links!} I heart this Shabby Chic dining area… Especially the seat cushions,
cement floor, green bookcase, and that gorgeous painting.

Shabby Chic just launched their online store, including furniture. Rachel has her favorite things posted too.

… And an update on the decor8 redesign. Stay tuned for a blog that will look and feel a lot different as soon as next month. This has been an ongoing labor of love, it took months to figure out how I wanted it to look, then budget for the work, locate someone patient enough to work with me (ha ha) and now after reviewing the final concepts today, I am over the moon happy with it. Look for the new decor8 mid July!

Have a great weekend!

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